New Residence (Albert Street)



Overview

The Queen’s Board of Trustees has approved the development of a new five-storey Albert Street student residence.

Queen’s is building a new 334-bed student residence building on main campus that will target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

The LEED Gold certification is one of the most popular green building certification programs recognized worldwide, with Gold being the second-highest rating.

The new residence building is being built on Albert Street, South of Union Street on a site that was previously occupied by five (5) university-owned houses.

Two of these charming houses are being integrated into the new building in an effort to retain some of the look and feel of the area.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022.

The Albert Street location was chosen after three potential building sites were analyzed in March of 2019, by external firms Diamond Schmitt Architects and Shoalts & Zaback.

Part of the Site Plan Approval Application (SPA) to the city includes the planting of butternut trees in the arboretum in front of Summerhill. This specific location for the planting will ensure that the butternut trees are protected.

Our SPA agreement also ensures that the City’s standards for developing the land are respected, including assurance that the land is developed, designed and operationalized appropriately. The new residence building will not include a food service outlet, which will limit the number of deliveries to the building. 

The new residence will help in supporting slight undergraduate enrollment growth in 2022 while also serving as a place to house students as we work to renovate some of our older residences.

We will continue to work with area residents to ensure we inform them of potential disruptions and what is being done to mitigate construction impacts.

Live feed of new residence construction site

Project Updates


June 4, 2021

We are pleased to note that we are now settled into a more “business as usual” period of work, with concrete pours continuing through to the end of July. When craning loads above the laneway, you will still see intermittent interruptions for safety but otherwise access to the laneway will be unaffected.

Unless there is an activity that may impact local roadways or laneway access, we will reduce the frequency of our updates through the summer period.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.


Project Renderings

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022.

Related Links

View the site plan approval documentation (record #D11-036-2019) via the City of Kingston’s Development and Services Hub.

Queen’s University Gazzette article University proposes new residence building for main campus

Queen’s University Gazzette article Queen’s shares new student residence design


Project News

Check back here for stories and information concerning construction activities that may be of interest to the community

Notice of Work in Laneway, March 8 – 31, 2021

February 24, 2021

Notice of Work in Laneway, March 8 – 31, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please be advised there will be work taking place in March that will necessitate the use of heavy equipment and ongoing intermittent closures throughout the day of the laneway around the residence project worksite.

Crews will be undertaking work to infill around the building foundation along the west and north sides of the building from March 8 – 31. Work will begin along the west wall and make its way north and then east following the foundation. Due to the narrow work area, fill material must be dumped as close as possible to the foundation and then moved into place with an excavator.

This work will cause ongoing intermittent laneway closures of 15 minute durations throughout the daytime (7 am – 5 pm), with access available between loads for 30 – 45 minutes before the next interruption. The worksite will be secured every evening. No impediment to laneway access after-hours is anticipated.

We appreciate this activity is disruptive, and we have arranged to provide alternate parking in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect is being installed on site.  

We apologize for any disturbance these activities cause and we thank you for your patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

 

Area and Direction of Infilling Work and Available Alternate Parking

 

Utility power outage for some Albert Street and Bader Lane properties on December 12

December 8, 2020

Utility power outage for some Albert Street and Bader Lane properties on December 12

Utilities Kingston advises that workers will be installing high voltage overhead electric lines to poles along Albert Street on behalf of electricity distributor, Kingston Hydro Corporation on Saturday, December 12 between 8 am and 2 pm (approximate timing). This work is being done to support the university’s Albert Street residence project, which is under construction on the west side of Albert Street at Union Street.

 Students with exams scheduled for December 12 are asked to review the information below to ascertain if they may be impacted by this outage.

 There will be no power to the following civic addresses while work is in progress:

  • 184-186 Union Street (Queen’s Day Care)
  • 108, 120, 130, 134 and 138 Albert Street
  • Construction site for Queen’s New Residence (formerly 142-154 Albert Street)
  • 32 and 51 Bader Lane

 Please note:

  • Occupants in the affected addresses should power down computers and sensitive equipment prior to 8 am on Saturday, December 12.
  • 96 Albert Street will not be impacted by this outage.
  • Existing Queen’s Residences will not be impacted by this outage.
  • Weather conditions, emergencies, or other factors may prevent work from being conducted on the scheduled date forcing postponement to an alternate date.

 For more information, please visit www.utilitieskingston.com or call the Utilities Kingston Customer Service Centre at 613-546-0000.

NOTICE: MODIFIED DAYCARE ACCESS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

November 9, 2020

NOTICE: MODIFIED DAYCARE ACCESS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

 As part of our work at the new Queen’s University Student Residence, we will be installing new watermain along Albert St. between the residence and Union St.  This will require closure of the southbound lane of Albert St. between Union St. and Queen’s Cres. from Wednesday Nov. 11th to Friday Nov. 20th.  Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert St. by our client Graham Construction and Engineering LP will also commence during this period and it will remain closed for most of the duration of new Residence construction.

 During the lane closure described above, the daycare drop-off / pick up area on Albert St. can still be used, however access will only be from the northbound direction of Albert St.  ie: cars will be able to enter while travelling northbound, and must back-out and exit the area continuing northbound, as the southbound lane will be closed and barricaded off.  

 It is VERY STRONGLY DISCOURAGED for any southbound vehicle to enter Albert St. from Union St. and attempt to use the wrong lane to access the daycare during this time.  We would kindly request that you communicate this extremely important information to your patrons in order to minimize any confusion and potential safety hazards.  

We will have traffic control personnel on-site to assist and ensure safe entry and exit from the daycare access.

 The map below illustrates the modified daycare access:

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and will work diligently to minimize all negative impacts.

NOTICE OF UNDERGROUND WORKS CONSTRUCTION

November 6, 2020

NOTICE OF UNDERGROUND WORKS CONSTRUCTION

Please be advised that there will be underground construction undertaken along Albert Street beginning November 9, 2020, with expected completion by December 31, 2020.

Access along Albert Street and to the laneway adjacent to the university’s new residence site may be interrupted on occasion, but access will be maintained throughout the work.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 response, most employees are working remotely. Questions should be submitted via email to newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Location of Works (indicated by orange highlight)

Pre-Construction Survey Notice

October 14, 2020

Pre-Construction Survey Notice
Development of Albert Street Student Residence
Kingston, Ontario


Dear Resident/Owner,


Graham Construction & Engineering Inc (Graham), on behalf of Queen University, will soon be constructing a new five-story student residence located on Albert Street on the Northside of campus. Based on the project requirements, DST Consulting Engineers Inc. has been retained Graham to perform pre-construction surveys of the buildings in the vicinity of the project noted above.


Generally, pre-construction surveys are conducted as a measure to alleviate concerns expressed by the property owners in the vicinity of the construction activities. The surveys will also provide a baseline for assessment and evaluation of any issues arising during and after completion of the construction operations. Pre-construction surveys are only intended to provide a representative sampling of pre-existing deficiencies that are present in every building, but not an exhaustive exercise of recording all minute cracks and deformities in every building component.


The survey will take approximately one hour to complete, depending on the size of your building, and is free of charge to the building/homeowner. This will entail recording the existing conditions of the exterior of your building and landscape using video cameras, by DST staff. If you wish to have your home or building surveyed, or a portion of it surveyed, please contact our Project Coordinator, Tony at 613-858-2287 or at telasmar@dstgroup.com to book an appointment with DST at your earliest convenience. We will respond to your request no later than two (2) business days. If you do not wish to have the survey done, please also notify us.


Typically, both interior and exterior surveys are performed, however due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, the surveys will be conducted on the exterior of the building only. Alternatively, we recommend that you complete an interior survey of your property and this information can be submitted to DST if you wish. This information may be used in the future to assist all parties involved in the unlikely event that damage is caused to any buildings during construction operations. Please note, your interior survey should include dated photographs and/or videos.
We would like to take this opportunity to explain the precautionary measures we have put in place to allow this important work to proceed safely:

  • The DST representative will knock on your door and step back to ensure a two-meter distance has been created. DST personnel will be wearing gloves and a face mask.
  • You will be asked for your consent for us to proceed with the exterior survey of your property.
    • If you wish to reschedule or decline the survey, we will not proceed.
    • If you provide consent, we request that you unlock any locked gate in advance of the DST representative’s visit. This will further support physical distancing while the DST representative pursues the external review.
  • During the exterior survey, the DST representative will use a video camera to capture the existing exterior conditions of your building and landscaping features.

If you decline an exterior survey, you may also choose to complete your own exterior survey prior to the commencement of construction activities. As mentioned above, the survey should include dated photographs and/or video and they can be submitted to DST if you wish. Please note that an exterior survey of publicly viewable/accessible areas of your property will be carried out if we are unsuccessful in reaching you. In order to remain impartial, and in compliance with the Privacy Act (PIPED), the records from DST’s survey as well as any provided to DST will remain in DST’s Ottawa office and will only be released if there is a claim filed in writing, and with the authorization of the property owner.

For more information about the new residence at Albert street, please visit https://residences.housing.queensu.ca/our-buildings/building-descriptions/new-residence-albert-street/ or contact newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and your patience and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Yours very truly,
DST Consulting Engineers Inc.

DST Consulting Engineers Inc., A Division of Englobe

 

Archives

Update: May 14, 2021

Crews will be on site tomorrow, Saturday, May 15th, completing concrete form work. This will involve some crane activity.

There is one planned concrete slab pour scheduled next week on Monday, May 17th.  As with previous pours of this type, work hours may be extended if finishing work needs to continue into the evening.

Laneway closure May 3 – 16, 2021

Work to install storm drains and catch basins for the new building under the roadway is on track, and the laneway will be open to traffic on Monday, May 17, 2021. Until it is reopened, the laneway remains inaccessible to traffic.

Upon completion of the catch basin installation, the laneway will be returned to a driveable condition, but will not be finished with asphalt until construction is complete in 2022. 

Those using the alternate parking in our Tindall surface parking lot on the other side of Albert Street are reminded that parking enforcement will resume next week.

Albert Street Road closure May 17-21, 2021

Area residents are advised that sections of Albert Street will be closed to traffic over a five-day period, between Monday, May 17 and Friday, May 21, 2021. Two closures will take place in order to complete necessary connections for electrical and communications feeds. There is a potential for some limited rock breaking associated with this work.

The Albert Street closures will be done in two phases. The first phase will be the electrical work, followed by telecommunications work. As the work is close by but in different locations, closure barriers will shift slightly during the week (see diagrams). This work will not impact access to the laneway, nor to the daycare. It will impact the exit from the Tindall underground parking lot.

Detour signage will be in place. Drivers are advised to watch for the signage to avoid any confusion concerning access.

Please note:

  • Local access to and from the daycare drop-off area on Albert Street will be available at all times via Union Street
  • Local access to the laneway off Albert Street leading to the parking areas in behind the new residence, will be available at all times via Union Street
  • Access to the west entrance/exit of the Tindal surface parking lot (see diagrams below):
    • Phase 1: Albert Street entrance/exit closed – traffic will need to use Union Street entrance/exit
    • Phase 2: Albert Street entrance/exit open to traffic (via Union Street only)
  • Access to the west entrance/exit of the Tindal underground parking lot, and the small parking area immediately behind Victoria Hall (see diagrams below):
    • Phase 1: Albert Street entrance/exit closed – traffic will need to use Union Street entrance/exit
    • Phase 2: Albert Street entrance/exit open to traffic (via Union Street only), though driveway will be narrower than usual
  • Local access to and from the houses on Albert Street south of the work area will be available at all times via Queen’s Crescent.   
  • Pedestrian traffic on the east side of Albert Street will be maintained throughout this period.

Traffic control personnel will be deployed if/as appropriate and fencing in place to ensure public safety. Roadway excavations will be recovered with asphalt following the completion  of these works.

We apologize for disturbances the aforementioned construction activities may cause. We thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
May 15Vertical form work on siteCrews on site, crane working
May 3-16Laneway closure to install storm catch basinsRock removal, heavy equipment in use. Alternate parking provided in Tindall lot
Monday, May 17Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
May 17 – 21Albert Street Road ClosureAccess to laneway and daycare via Union St only. Access to Tindall surface and underground parking maintained via Union Street but Albert Street entrance impacted

Two-phase Albert Street Road Closure, May 17 – 21

 

Phase 1

Phase 2

Update: May 7, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

May is shaping up to be a busy month for the project.

Electricians will be working on site tomorrow, Saturday, May 8, 2021, weather permitting. There will be no crane activity associated with this work.

There are two planned concrete pours next week, the first taking place on Monday, May 10th, and another on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on progress. Work hours may be extended on those days if finishing work needs to continue into the evening.

Laneway closure May 3 – 16, 2021

Users of  the laneway surrounding the construction site of Queen’s student residence project located at Albert Street south of Union Street are reminded that the laneway is currently inaccessible to all traffic while storm drains and catch basins for the new building are installed under the roadway. It will re-open to traffic on Monday, May 17, 2021.

As with previous interruptions, alternate parking is being supplied to all who normally access parking on their properties via the laneway. Parking is available in our Tindall surface parking lot on the other side of Albert Street. No permit on this lot is required during this period. 

Upon completion of the catch basin installation, the laneway will be returned to a driveable condition, but will not be finished with asphalt until construction is complete in 2022. 

Alberta Street Road closure May 17-21, 2021

In order to complete necessary connections for electrical and communications feeds, it is necessary to close sections of Albert Street to through traffic over a five-day period, between May 17 – 21, 2021. This work will be done in two phases. The first phase will be the electrical work, followed by telecommunications work. As the work is close by but in different locations, closure barriers will shift slightly during the week (see diagrams). This work will not impact access to the laneway, nor to the daycare. It will impact the exit from the Tindall underground parking lot.

Detour signage will be in place. Drivers are advised to watch for the signage to avoid any confusion concerning access.

Please note:

  • Local access to and from the daycare drop-off area on Albert Street will be available at all times via Union Street
  • Local access to the laneway off Albert Street leading to the parking areas in behind the new residence, will be available at all times via Union Street
  • Access to the west entrance/exit of the Tindal surface parking lot (see diagrams below):
    • Phase 1: Albert Street entrance/exit closed – traffic will need to use Union Street entrance/exit
    • Phase 2: Albert Street entrance/exit open to traffic (via Union Street only)
  • Access to the west entrance/exit of the Tindal underground parking lot, and the small parking area immediately behind Victoria Hall (see diagrams below):
    • Phase 1: Albert Street entrance/exit closed – traffic will need to use Union Street entrance/exit
    • Phase 2: Albert Street entrance/exit open to traffic (via Union Street only), though driveway will be narrower than usual
  • Local access to and from the houses on Albert Street south of the work area will be available at all times via Queen’s Crescent.   
  • Pedestrian traffic on the east side of Albert Street will be maintained throughout this period.

Traffic control personnel will be deployed if/as appropriate and fencing in place to ensure public safety. Roadway excavations will be recovered with asphalt following the completion  of these works.

COVID-19

Recently a neighbour expressed concerns regarding the use of face masks on site. Queen’s and its contractors take the safety of workers and the community extremely seriously. Contractors working on our property follow specific Health and Safety plans meeting the provincial COVID-19 guidelines. The Ontario Ministry of Labour has specifically visited the Albert Street Residence site four times (the most recent being Thursday, May 6, 2021), and has indicated the site is in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

We apologize for disturbances the aforementioned construction activities may cause. We thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Saturday, May 8Electricians on siteCrews on site.  
May 3-17Laneway closure to install storm catch basinsRock removal, heavy equipment in use. Alternate parking provided in Tindall lot
Monday, May 10Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
Wednesday, May 12
(alternate Thursday May 13)
Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
May 17 – 21Albert Street Road ClosureAccess to laneway and daycare via Union St only. Access to Tindall surface and underground parking maintained via Union Street but Albert Street entrance impacted

Laneway closure May 3 – 17, 2021
Diagram showing closure area in red. Alternate parking provided at Tindall Field surface lot (west of Albert Street)

Two-phase Albert Street Road Closure, May 17 – 21

 

Phase 1

Phase 2

Update: April 23, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Formwork crews will be working on site tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, 2021. There will be crane activity to complete this work but no impacts to laneway access are anticipated. Understanding many nearby students are completing exams, crews will make every effort to avoid excessive noise in the coming days.  

There will be a concrete pour next week on Monday, April 26th and another small pour on Friday, April 30th. Work hours may be extended on those days if finishing work needs to continue into the evening. The craning of fly forms will also be ongoing through the week, which will require brief intermittent closures of the laneway for safety when forms are craned overhead.

Backfilling activities will resume on Monday, April 26th to complete work along the north wall of the foundation. It is anticipated that work will be completed the same day. As before, it will require rotating closures of the laneway for 15 minutes roughly each hour throughout the day. Alternate parking is again available in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Work will then move to the east wall, which will not have any impacts on laneway access.

Laneway closure May 3 – 16, 2021

Please be advised that the laneway surrounding the construction site of Queen’s student residence project located at Albert Street south of Union Street will be inaccessible to all traffic from May 3 – 16, 2021. The laneway will re-open to traffic on Monday, May 17, 2021.

The laneway is going to be fenced off and excavated in order to install storm drains and catch basins for the new building under the roadway. This work will also vastly improve drainage of water around the laneway.

As with previous interruptions, alternate parking is being supplied to all who normally access parking on their properties via the laneway. Parking is being made available in our Tindall surface parking lot on the other side of Albert Street. No permit on this lot is required during this period.

Please note all private parking spots adjoining the identified (red) area of the lane in the diagram (attached) which adjoin the lane, will be inaccessible from the laneway for the duration of the drainage work, without exception.

Owners of vehicles are asked to ensure all vehicles, trailers or items that require laneway access are relocated to the Tindall surface lot prior to May 1, 2021.

If any vehicles remain encroached upon the laneway, Queen’s will be forced to remove them. To that end, and as a courtesy, any such vehicle will be towed by a professional towing company and relocated to the Tindall surface parking lot.  Owners of the property from which the vehicles were towed will be provided confirmation of the removal and placement. Any vehicles still parked behind houses that are not encroaching on Queen’s property will be left in place.

Upon completion of the catch basin installation, the laneway will be returned to a driveable condition, but will not be finished with asphalt until construction is complete in 2022. 

We apologize for the disturbances these activities may cause – again crews will make every effort to avoid excessive noise. We thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Saturday, April 24Vertical form work on site. Working morning to midafternoon.Crews on site, crane working, no impact on laneway access.
Week of April 26Fly form workTemporary intermittent closures of laneway during overhead crane swings
Monday, April 26Complete backfill of north wallDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway disruptions of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot
Monday, April 26Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
Friday, April 30Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
May 3-17Laneway closure to install storm catch basinsAlternate parking provided in Tindall lot

Laneway closure May 3 – 17, 2021
Diagram showing closure area in red. Alternate parking provided at Tindall Field surface lot (west of Albert Street)

Update: April 16, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Note: The government of Ontario announced additional COVID-19 measures across the province today. We will monitor that announcement closely to see if or how it may impact the project.

Regular work on site continues. There will be crews working tomorrow, Saturday, April 17, 2021. They will be working on site but no crane activity is planned so no impacts to laneway access are anticipated.

There will be another concrete pour next week on Tuesday, April 20 and a possible pour on Friday, April 23. You are reminded that work hours may be extended that day if finishing work needs to continue into the evening. The craning of concrete forms is also ongoing, which will require brief intermittent closures of the laneway for safety when forms are craned overhead.

Backfilling activities will resume next week along the north wall of the foundation. Work will take place Wednesday, April 21 through Friday, April 23, during normal working hours and will require rotating closures of the laneway for 15 minutes roughly each hour throughout the day. Alternate parking is again available in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect has been installed on site. No passes are required to use this alternate parking site during this work period.

Laneway closure coming in May

Preparations are on track to install storm drains and catch basins under the west and north sides of the laneway in May. This work will begin on Monday, May 3, 2021. It will require that all access to the laneway be closed for a two week period. It will re-open on Monday, May 17, 2021.

To facilitate the catch-basin construction it is necessary to fence off and excavate the laneway. As with previous interruptions, alternate parking will be supplied to all that require it, across the street in our Tindall surface parking lot. Please note that during this period, the private parking spots adjoining the lane will be inaccessible via the laneway. Once work is complete the laneway will be returned to a driveable condition, but will not be finished with new asphalt until construction is complete.  

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Week of April 19Forming workTemporary intermittent closures of laneway during overhead crane swings
Tuesday, April 20Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
Wednesday April 21 – Friday, April 23Backfilling around foundationDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway closures of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot
Friday, April 23
(alternate date Monday, April 26)
Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
May 3-17Laneway closure to install storm catch basinsAlternate parking provided in Tindall lot

Laneway closure May 3 – 17, 2021
Diagram showing closure area in red. Alternate parking provided at Tindall Field surface lot (west of Albert Street)

Update: April 9, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Regular work on site continues. There will be another concrete pour next week on Tuesday, April 13th. You are reminded that work hours may be extended that day if finishing work needs to continue into the evening. The craning of concrete forms is also ongoing, which will require brief intermittent closures of the laneway for safety when forms are craned overhead. Rock breaking in front of 144 Albert Street is complete.

Laneway closure coming in May

Planning is underway to install storm drains and catch basins under the west and north sides of the laneway in May. This work is scheduled to take place beginning Monday, May 3, 2021 and will require that the laneway be closed to all access for a two week period, re-opening on Monday, May 17, 2021.

To facilitate the catch-basin construction it will be necessary to fence off and excavate the laneway. As with previous interruptions, alternate parking will be supplied to all that require it, across the street in our Tindall surface parking lot. Please note that during this period, the private parking spots adjoining the lane will be inaccessible via the laneway. The laneway will be returned to a driveable condition, but will not be finished with new asphalt until construction is complete. A letter advising owners and tenants about this work will be circulated shortly.  

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of April 13Forming workTemporary intermittent closures of laneway during overhead crane swings
April 13Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
May 3-17Laneway closure to install storm catch basinsAlternate parking provided in Tindall lot

Laneway closure May 3 – 17, 2021
Diagram showing closure area in red. Alternate parking provided at Tindall Field surface lot (west of Albert Street)

Update: April 1, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Crews will be completing a concrete pour today, and expect they will be working into the evening to complete that work. They had hoped to be shut down over the long weekend, however, it will now be necessary for some concrete cutting work to be done in the morning on Friday, April 2, 2021. They hope to have the work completed and the site shut down by noon, for the balance of the weekend, with work resuming on Monday, April 5, 2021.

There will be another concrete pour next week and craning of forms, which will require brief intermittent closures of the laneway for safety, when forms are craned overhead.

Residents are advised that monitoring of parking in the Tindall surface lot will resume next week, and no free parking in the Tindall lot will be available until further notice. Parkers using the parking spots accessed via the laneway should resume their normal parking activities effective not later than Monday morning.

There will be some rock-breaking activity taking place in front of 144 Albert Street, starting Monday and continuing through Wednesday, April 7, 2021. This activity will involve the use of heavy equipment and will generate some noise in the area.

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
April 1Concrete slab pourFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
April 2Concrete saw cuttingWork to take place in the morning. Anticipated to be completed by noon
April 2 – 4Site closure at noon FridayWork resumes Monday, April 5
April 5Parking enforcement of Tindall surface lot resumesNo alternate parking permitted in Tindall lot
Week of April 5Forming workTemporary intermittent closures of laneway during overhead crane swings
Week of April 5Concrete slab pour during weekFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
April 5-7Rock breaking in front of 144 Albert StHeavy equipment, hammering, rock removal
Update: March 26, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Crews will be working on site tomorrow, Saturday, March 27th, conducting concrete forming activities during normal working hours. No laneway access interruptions are anticipated. Concrete pouring will continue throughout the week, with the possibility of extended hours on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Some backfilling activities along the foundation had been deferred, however the west side will be completed next week. The north side is being rescheduled and we will keep you apprised as information becomes available. The backfilling activities will continue to require rotating closures of the laneway for 15-minutes roughly each hour throughout the day. Short-term laneway closures will also occasionally be required if any materials are moved overhead during crane swings.

As a reminder, alternate parking is available in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect has been installed on site. No passes are required to use this alternate parking site during this work period.

The worksite will close for the Easter weekend beginning on Good Friday (April 2) and work will resume on the Easter Monday, April 4, 2021.

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

Area and Direction of Infilling Work and Available Alternate Parking

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
March 27Forming workNo interference with laneway access. Use of equipment during normal working hours
Week of March 29Infilling around foundationDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway closures of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot
Week of March 29Concrete slab pour anticipated to take place ThursdayFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment and lights will be in use
April 2Site closed on Good Friday for Easter weekendNo site activity. Work resumes April 4.
Update: March 19, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Backfilling activities continue to progress. Graham Construction has advised that they will be working on excavation, backfilling and forming activities on Saturday and possibly Sunday. Work will take place during normal working hours and will not impede laneway access. The backfilling activities along the perimeter will resume next week and those activities will continue to require rotating closures of the laneway for 15-minutes roughly each hour throughout the day. As a reminder, alternate parking is available in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect has been installed on site. No passes are required to use this alternate parking site during this work period.

Two concrete pours are anticipated next week – the first being on Tuesday, March 23rd or Wednesday, March 24th. The second pour is slated for Friday, March 26th or the following Monday, March 29th. As part of the concrete form work, some floor forms will need to be lifted by crane over top of the laneway. When this happens the laneway will be temporarily closed and flag persons present for reasons of ensuring overhead safety. The actual pours and finishing work will not interfere with the laneway. Crews do have to remain on site to complete all the finishing activities after the pour takes place, though their work should not extend past the early evening.

On Wednesday, March 24th, Graham Construction will be conducting a site evacuation drill. This is in accordance with provincial safety legislation which requires a plan be exercised annually.  The drill will involve sounding an air horn on site, at which time all workers will evacuate the site and meet at the muster point in Tindall Field parking lot (site trailers), where Graham will then conduct a site-wide safety meeting. Neighbours will notice the activity but should not be alarmed.

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

Area and Direction of Infilling Work and Available Alternate Parking

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
March 20 – 21Infilling and forming workNo interference with laneway access. Use of equipment during normal working hours
Week of March 22Infilling around foundationDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway closures of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot
Week of March 22Two concrete pours – anticipated to take place mid and end of the weekFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment, heaters and lights will be in use
March 24Emergency site evacuation drillA drill that involves a horn sounding and people evacuating across the road.
Update: March 12, 2021

Work on the residence project is progressing well. Backfilling of material around the foundation is on schedule to be complete by the end of the month, and you will likely notice more activity around the laneway this coming week. This work requires the use of heavy equipment and ongoing intermittent closures of the laneway in 15 minute durations throughout the day.

Work will begin along the west wall and make its way north and then east following the foundation. Due to the narrow work area, fill material must be dumped as close as possible to the foundation and then moved into place with an excavator. The worksite will be secured every evening. No impediment to laneway access after-hours is anticipated.

Alternate parking is available in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect has been installed on site. No passes are required to use this alternate parking site during this work period.

Crews plan to make two concrete pours this week and those are anticipated to be complete by early evening in both cases. This work will not interfere with the laneway.

Some rock breaking activity will be occurring along Albert Street in the area close to 144 Albert Street. This work is anticipated to start in the latter half of next week through the following week, and will lead to some intermittent noise.

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

Area and Direction of Infilling Work and Available Alternate Parking

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
March 15 – 31Infilling around foundationDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway closures of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot
March 17-26Rock breaking near 144 Albert StreetIntermittent noise during daytime hours
Week of March 15Two concrete poursFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment, heaters and lights will be in use
Update: March 5, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Crews will make a slab-on-grade concrete pour at the north end of the building this week, likely mid-week, depending on weather. As with previous pours, heaters will be in use as well as work lighting. Every effort will be made to mitigate noise and to direct lighting away from surrounding buildings. Concrete will be delivered in the morning and crews must then continue to work until all finishing is complete. Crews will strive to complete their work as quickly as possible.

Work to infill around the building foundation remains on schedule to begin the week of March 8th. You are reminded that this work requires the use of heavy equipment and ongoing intermittent closures of 15 minute durations throughout the day of the laneway around the residence project worksite. The work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the month.

Work will begin along the west wall and make its way north and then east following the foundation. Due to the narrow work area, fill material must be dumped as close as possible to the foundation and then moved into place with an excavator. The worksite will be secured every evening. No impediment to laneway access after-hours is anticipated.

Alternate parking is available in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect is being installed on site. No passes are required to use this alternate parking site during this work period. 

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

Area and Direction of Infilling Work and Available Alternate Parking

  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of March 8Slab-on-grade concrete pour at north end of buildingFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment, heaters and lights will be in use
March 8 – 31Infilling around foundationDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway closures of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot
Update: February 25, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

The two large concrete pours scheduled for Thursday, February 25 and Friday February 26 have been rescheduled to next week due to weather (Tuesday, March 2nd and Wednesday, March 3rd respectively).

On Tuesday, crews will be working on the south end of the building, pouring a third level. On Wednesday, work will take place on the north side of the building. In both cases, heaters will be in use as well as work lighting. Every effort will be made to mitigate noise and to direct lighting away from surrounding buildings. Concrete will be delivered in the morning and crews must then continue to work until all finishing is complete. Crews will strive to complete their work as quickly as possible.

Work to infill around the building foundation will be taking place in March that will necessitate the use of heavy equipment and ongoing intermittent closures throughout the day of the laneway around the residence project worksite.

Crews will be undertaking work to infill around the building foundation along the west and north sides of the building from March 8 – 31. Work will begin along the west wall and make its way north and then east following the foundation. Due to the narrow work area, fill material must be dumped as close as possible to the foundation and then moved into place with an excavator.

This work will cause ongoing intermittent laneway closures of 15 minute durations throughout the daytime (7 am – 5 pm), with access available between loads for 30 – 45 minutes before the next interruption. The worksite will be secured every evening. No impediment to laneway access after-hours is anticipated.

We appreciate this activity is disruptive, and we have arranged to provide alternate parking in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect is being installed on site. No passes are required to use this alternate parking site during this work period. 

We apologize for any disturbance these activities may cause and we thank you for your continued patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

Area and Direction of Infilling Work and Available Alternate Parking

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  Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
March 2, 2021Large pouring of floor on south of building rescheduled from February 25Finishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment, heaters and lights will be in use
March 3, 2021Large pouring of floor on north of building rescheduled from February 26Finishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment, heaters and lights will be in use
March 8 – 31Infilling around foundationDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway closures of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot
Update: February 19, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

There will be two large concrete pours at the end of next week. On Thursday, February 25, crews will be working on the south end of the building, pouring a third level. On Friday, February 26, work will take place on the north side of the building. In both cases, heaters will be in use as well as work lighting. Every effort will be made to mitigate noise and to direct lighting away from surrounding buildings.

As with previous pours, concrete will be delivered in the morning and crews must then continue to work until all finishing is complete. Crews will strive to complete their work as quickly as possible. As a reminder, cold weather can be an influencing factor in that effort, however forecasts at this time are calling for mild weather.

Work to infill around the building foundation will be completed along the west and north sides of the building from March 8 – 31. Work will begin along the west wall and make its way north and then east following the foundation. Due to the narrow work area, fill material must be dumped as close as possible to the foundation and then moved into place with an excavator. This work will cause ongoing intermittent laneway closures of 15 minute durations throughout the daytime (7 am – 5 pm), with access available between loads for 30 – 45 minutes before the next interruption. The worksite will be secured every evening and no impediments to laneway access overnight are anticipated.

We appreciate this activity is disruptive, and we have arranged to provide alternate parking in our Tindall Field surface lot for anyone normally accessing parking via the laneway who may wish to avoid these disruptions. Signage to this effect is being installed on site, and properties contiguous to the area will shortly receive a written notice. No parking pass will be required.  

We apologize for any disturbance these activities cause and we thank you for your patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors
Work will normally take place between 7 AM – 7 PM except as identified in the table below.

 

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
February (ongoing)Concrete pouring, rock removalGeneral construction noise
February 25, 2021Large pouring of floor on south of buildingFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment, heaters and lights will be in use
February 26, 2021Large pouring of floor on north of buildingFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment, heaters and lights will be in use
March 8 – 31Infilling around foundationDumping and positioning of fill material using excavator, intermittent laneway closures of 15-minute durations. Alternate parking available if desired, at Tindall surface lot.
Update: February 10, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

The large concrete pour scheduled for this week will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2021. This work will start in the morning with concrete pouring taking place until about noon, and finishing work will continue after that until complete. While crews will strive to complete finishing work by early evening, finishing must be completed once the concrete is poured and it is possible work could run into the night.

During this work there will be heavy equipment on site. This will also require the ongoing use of large ground thawing heaters to keep the concrete warm while it sets. These units have already been in operation on site and will be in constant operation today through Friday. While these ground thaw units are proving quieter than anticipated, they will still create a degree of noise. The strobe light on top of the unit has been masked to limit light disturbance. We apologize for any disturbance this necessary work will create.

Thursday night is expected to reach -16C, and working in the cold presents unique challenges. Crews are doing all they can to minimize the impacts to our neighbours. We apologize for any disturbance these activities cause and we thank you for your patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast        
 Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors  
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
February (ongoing)Concrete pouring, rock removalGeneral construction noise
February 11, 2021Large pouring of floorFinishing will take place in the afternoon and into the evening as required. Motorized equipment will be in use
February 10-12, 2021ground thaw heaters operating 24 hours per dayEquipment noise – mitigation measures in place to reduce noise and light disturbances
Update: February 4, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please be advised that the planned concrete pour for today, Thursday, February 4, has been cancelled due to the weather delays experienced this week. It will be rescheduled for early next week. We will advise you of the new date as soon as it has been scheduled. This was the large pour similar to the one done last Thursday.

Crews will be operating a ground thaw unit today and through the night to facilitate the backfilling of last week’s Slab on Grade pour. This machinery generates noise, and crews are taking steps to mitigate potential disruptions. The Ground Thaw unit will be situated in the courtyard area in an effort to reduce sound transmission. Additionally, sound screens will be erected to further limit noise transmission. They will also cover over the strobe light on top of the unit to limit any light disturbance.

Working in the cold presents unique challenges and crews are doing all they can to minimize the impacts to our neighbours. We apologize for any disturbance these activities cause and we thank you for your patience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

  Construction Impact Forecast        
 Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors  
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
February (ongoing)Concrete pouring, rock removalGeneral construction noise
February 4, 2021Large pouring of floor CANCELLEDThis activity will be rescheduled for early next week (date TBD)
February 4, 2021Ground Thaw Unit operating through the nightEquipment noise – mitigation measures in place to reduce noise
Update: January 28, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

On January 28, our contractor ran into extreme cold weather which hampered concrete finishing work and led to unfortunate and lengthy delays that kept workers on site until the early hours of this morning. Unfortunately the nature of the work did not allow for work to halt, as the concrete had to be both protected, heated and finished in order to cure properly. Everyone on the project extends our apologies for the disturbance this caused.

The next large pour similar to that yesterday is scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2021. Extreme weather is not anticipated, and the contractor is already working on mitigation measures to reduce the need for generators, such as a change in lighting. They are doing there best to ensure things will be quieter and completed much sooner than was necessitated in yesterday’s case.  

Most work is progressing well and no interference with laneway access is anticipated. While work continues, it should be limited to general construction noise.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.  

Construction Impact Forecast

Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors·        
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM

  

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
February (ongoing)Concrete pouring, rock removalGeneral construction noise
February 4, 2021Large pouring of floorExtended hours are possible
Update: January 27, 2021

Updated January 27, 2021

Dear campus neighbours,

Please be advised that there is concrete work currently underway on the Albert Street residence site, and there is potential for late-night noise tonight. The pour must be continuous for this suspended slab above the basement of the new building. The work began at 8 am this morning and work must continue through to floor completion to ensure the integrity of the structure. It appears some work may need to continue into the evening tonight.

Our contractor, Graham Construction, has communicated with Kingston bylaw to advise them of this activity. The City has advised that as part of the provincial COVID-19 response, all essential construction is exempt from municipal Noise By-Laws from 6am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday until October 2021. While concrete pouring is complete for today, the concrete finishing work will generate some general construction noise with a number of workers working on site. We apologize in advance for any disruption this work may cause. Concerns should be directed by email to newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Update: January 14, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

On January 13, 2021, the Government of Ontario declared a second state of emergency and announced new COVID-19 measures that include a stay-at-home order and introduces enhanced enforcement measures. Queen’s is committed to implementing these new measures, which require people in Ontario to remain at home, with exceptions for accessing health care, groceries, pharmacy services, essential work, and exercise.

The government has clarified that this regulation still allows for construction projects and services that support the operations of, and provide new capacity in schools, colleges, universities, municipal infrastructure and child care centers. To that end, construction projects on campus, including the residence project, will continue as scheduled.

Current work is not expected to have impacts on laneway access or surrounding streets. Work on site continues to focus on rock removal and ongoing concrete pouring. We will also be completing some demolition work on the rear of the building at 142 Albert Street on Saturday, January 16, 2021. You can watch ongoing project work in real time. You can link to it directly, or find the feed on our residence project site.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca. More information on COVID-19 related to the University is available on our COVID-19 Information page.  

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
January 16Demolition of rear addition at
142 Albert Street
General demolition noise
January (ongoing)Concrete pouring, rock removalGeneral construction noise
Update: January 8, 2021

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Happy New Year! There is not much to report this week in terms of project impacts. Regular work has resumed, with some rock removal and ongoing concrete pouring.

We are excited to be able to inform you that a live-feed camera has been installed on campus so that people can watch ongoing project work in real time. You can link to it directly, or find the feed on our residence project site.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
January (ongoing)Concrete pouring, rock removalGeneral construction noise
Update: December 18, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

As the holidays approach, work on site will focus on concrete pouring and earthworks. On Saturday, December 19, some limited demolition at the back of 142 Albert will be completed. The original portion of the house is being retained and incorporated into the new residence building.   

Work on site will continue up to and including December 24. Work will shut down December 25-28, with workers back December 29-31, before closing down again for New Years from January 1-3, 2021 (inclusive). Regular work, including rock removal, will resume January 4, 2021.

We wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year. Our next update will be January 8, 2021.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
December 19Limited demolition at rear of 142 Albert StreetGeneral construction noise
December 25 – 28HOLIDAY SHUTDOWNquiet
December 29 – 31Site work resumesGeneral construction noise
January 1 – 3, 2021NEW YEARS’ SHUTDOWNquiet
January 4, 2021Regular work resumesConcrete pouring, rock removal
Update: December 11, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

The planned electrical work by Utilities Kingston to provide power to the residence site will proceed tomorrow, December 12th. Work will require a power shutdown in the green-shaded area outlined on the map below, for a six-hour period, between 8 am and 2 pm.  For more information, please visit www.utilitieskingston.com or call the Utilities Kingston Customer Service Centre at 613-546-0000.

The following addresses will be affected by the shutdown while work is in progress:

o   184-186 Union Street (Queen’s Day Care)

o   108, 120, 130, 134 and 138 Albert Street

o   Construction site for Queen’s New Residence (formerly 142-154 Albert Street)

o   32 and 51 Bader Lane

The construction tower crane has been erected on site, and work on the roadways is complete. Albert Street is re-opened to two-way traffic. The site fencing improvement is also now complete.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Dec 12thUtility Pole/power installation by Kingston UtilitiesGeneral installation noise
OngoingConcrete pouringCement truck traffic, general noise, rebar deliveries

 

 

Update: December 5, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

The Collingwood Street detour is now removed. Some traffic control on Albert Street remains as work there finishes up. It will not impede access to the shared laneway.

The installation of concrete barriers along the west side of Albert Street is still expected to take place next week. The installation of the tower crane on site is also scheduled to happen during this week, which will see the delivery of the components and erection using a mobile crane. This will lead to some heavy trucks parked along Albert Street while this work is completed. Utilities Kingston also plans to install a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street next week.

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Dec 7thCompletion of roadwork Albert Street to install servicesTraffic control, limited lane restrictions
Week of Dec 7thInstallation of concrete Jersey barriers west side of Albert St.Heavy equipment used to position the barriers
Week of Dec 7thConstruction tower crane erectionMobile crane on site to assist, staging from Albert Street
Week of Dec 7thConstruction fence replacementNo anticipated impacts
Week of Dec 7thUtility Pole/power installation –  this has been pushed out to mid-Dec by Kingston UtilitiesGeneral installation noise
OngoingConcrete pouringCement truck traffic, general noise, rebar deliveries

 

Update: November 27 ,2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Work on eastbound Union Street is now complete. Final cleanup is underway and both Union Street and Albert Street are expected to reopen to traffic on Monday, November 30. Thank you to everyone impacted by this work for their patience through this period. Until the reopening, the existing marked detour remains in effect.

There will be some additional roadwork on Albert Street over the next two weeks that may require limited traffic restrictions during working hours. Flag persons will be on site when this is in place. It will not impede access to the shared laneway.

Parking at the daycare should be reopened the week of November 30. The alternate drop-off spots will remain accessible in the Tindall parking lot for another week to ensure a smooth transition.

The installation of concrete barriers along the west side of Albert Street is expected to take place the week of December 7th. The installation of the construction crane on site is also expected to happen during this week, which will see the delivery of the components and erection using a mobile crane. This will lead to some heavy trucks parked along Albert Street while this work is completed.

Utilities Kingston is still on track to install a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street in mid-December.

Modified traffic pattern in effect pending street reopening

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 30Closure of eastbound Union Street between Collingwood and Albert for water main workCleanup, Union Street should be repaved and Union Street and Albert Street should both reopen to 2-way traffic end of day Nov 30
Week of Nov 30 through week of Dec 7thAdditional roadwork Albert Street to install servicesTraffic control, limited lane restrictions
Week of Dec 7thInstallation of concrete Jersey barriers west side of Albert St.Heavy equipment used to position the barriers
Week of Dec 7thConstruction crane erectionMobile crane on site to assist, staging from Albert Street
Week of Dec 7thConstruction fence replacementNo anticipated impacts
Week of Dec 12thUtility Pole/power installation –  this has been pushed out to mid-Dec by Kingston UtilitiesGeneral installation noise
Ongoing to January 2021Footing installations continueCement truck traffic, general noise
Update: November 20, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

The eastbound lane of Union Street will be closed to traffic between Collingwood Street and Albert Street during the week of November 23, 2020 while water main work is completed. Union Street traffic eastbound will be diverted south along the existing Collingwood Street detour to Queen’s Crescent, and back north along Albert Street during this period (see attached image).

The shared laneway for those parking adjacent to the worksite reopened to traffic on Tuesday, November 17th and should remain uninterrupted throughout this work; parking enforcement in the university’s Tindall surface lot will now resume. Please note the shared laneway can only be accessed when travelling north on Albert Street via the Collingwood Street detour. The southbound lane of Albert Street at Union Street remains excavated and thus impassable. This access limitation includes those accessing the daycare. The temporary daycare drop-off/pick-up spots in the Tindall parking lot will remain to ensure caregivers have a safe spot to stop.

Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert Street is also in effect. It will remain closed for the duration of construction. Jersey Barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street once the road has been resurfaced.

The completion of the chain-link safety fence replacement surrounding the worksite will be done the week of November 30th.

Rock excavation to facilitate services on site is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the mechanical rock removal includes the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Concrete footing work continues which means the continued presence of concrete trucks on site.

Utilities Kingston has pushed out the installation of a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street into mid-December.

Modified traffic pattern in effect

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 23Closure of eastbound Union Street between Collingwood and Albert for water main workTraffic being detoured south on Collingwood to Albert Street and back to Union. traffic control, excavation, infilling and repaving related noise
Week of Nov 23installation of concrete Jersey barriers west side of Albert St. (pending completion of street work)Street should reopen to 2-way traffic end of day Nov 30
Week of Nov 23Footing installations continue (Completion expected in January)cement truck traffic, general noise
Week of Nov 23Rock excavation for underground servicesJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 30Construction fence replacement (note this was originally scheduled earlier in the month)No anticipated impacts
Week of Dec 12Utility Pole/power installation –  this has been pushed out to mid-Dec by Kingston UtilitiesGeneral installation noise
Update: November 17, 2020

Albert Street work extended through tomorrow November 17, 2020

 

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the closure of the access lane contiguous to the Residence project will need to be extended through tomorrow November 17, 2020.  Parking (anywhere) in Tindall Field parking lot will remain available through this period.

As a reminder:

Excavation work has begun on Albert Street to facilitate upgrades to offsite services including the water main, sewer and other utilities. This work required the temporary closure of the property’s shared laneway as the street is excavated.

The temporary parking area in the Tindall parking lot has been designated with appropriate signage. Also note that once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict street parking in front of the worksite.

We understand this is an inconvenience and we appreciate your patience through the construction.

Update: November 13, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Excavation work has begun on Albert Street to facilitate upgrades to offsite services including the water main, sewer and other utilities.  You are reminded that this work requires the temporary closure of the property’s shared laneway access next Monday, November 16, 2020.  

The University is providing alternate parking for anyone impacted by the blocked laneway, at its Tindall Field parking lot (Albert Street at Union Street) from Sunday morning through to Monday evening. Anyone who normally parks behind the properties  adjacent to the residence project and who may need to use their vehicle at any point on Monday is encouraged to move it to the alternate parking area not later than Sunday evening, as once the laneway is closed on Monday there will be no access between the parking area and the roadway while work is underway. 

The temporary parking area in the Tindall parking lot has been designated with appropriate signage and staff will be on hand to help direct drivers. Also note that once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict street parking in front of the worksite.

The excavation of Albert Street has also required the closure of Albert Street to southbound traffic between Union St. and Queen’s Crescent through to Friday, November 20th. Drivers wishing to travel south on Albert must enter the area via the detour along Collingwood Street. There have been reports of drivers ignoring the detour signage on Albert, which puts workers in the area at risk. The attached diagram illustrates the temporary traffic detour that is now in place.

During the southbound lane closure, the daycare drop-off / pick up area on Albert Street is still be accessible (except for Monday, November 16th as outlined). Cars must enter from the (one-way) northbound lane on Albert, and must then back-out and continue northbound. Traffic control personnel are on site to assist and ensure safe entry and exit from the daycare access.

Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert Street is also in effect. It will remain closed for the duration of construction.

The replacement of the chain-link safety fence surrounding the worksite with a new 8’ fence (with debris mesh) has been partially completed and should be finished by the end of the week.

Rock excavation on site is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the mechanical rock removal includes the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Some of this work is being done to build a base for a construction crane that will be erected on site in coming weeks. Concrete trucks will also begin arriving this week. All work will take place between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Utilities Kingston has pushed out the installation of a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street into mid-December.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Modified traffic pattern to Friday November 20, 2020

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 16Construction fence replacement (continued)No anticipated impacts
Week of Nov 16Footing installations begin (ongoing)cement truck traffic, general noise
Week of Nov 16Rock excavationJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 16Underground construction for services (continued)Excavation, pipe bedding, re-covering
Nov 16– Nov 20Road closure/road cuts Albert Street and southbound lane closureNov 16 temporary access restriction to laneway – alternate parking at
Tindall Field.  
Nov 16-20 traffic pattern change
Week of Nov 23Concrete base installation for craneCement trucks, general noise
Week of Nov 23Pending completion of work on
Albert St., installation of concrete Jersey barriers west side of Albert St.
signage, traffic control, loading equipment and related noise
Week of Dec 12Utility Pole/power installation –  this has been pushed out to mid-Dec by Kingston UtilitiesGeneral installation noise
Update: November 10, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Significant work has begun on site. The current chain-link safety fence surrounding the worksite is being removed and replaced with an 8’ fence with debris mesh installed. Bulk excavation of rock and soil continues this week, with trucks taking the material off site.

This work is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the use of mechanical rock removal will begin which can include the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Part of this work is to build a base for a construction crane on site next week. Work will take place between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Utilities Kingston is installing a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street near Union Street to re-route power during construction.

Excavation work will begin on Albert Street this Wednesday to facilitate work on offsite services including the water main, sewer and other utilities.  Please note that this work will require the temporary closure of laneway access next Monday, November 16, 2020.

The University will provide alternate parking at its Tindall Field parking lot (Albert Street at Union Street) from Sunday morning to Monday evening. Anyone who may need to use their vehicle at any point on Monday is encouraged to move their vehicle to the alternate parking area on Sunday.  The area will be designated with appropriate signage. Once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict parking in front of the worksite.

The work to install a new water main along Albert Street between the residence and Union Street will also require the closure of Albert Street to southbound traffic between Union St. and Queen’s Crescent from Wednesday November 11th to Friday November 20th. This closure to two-way traffic on Albert will not affect laneway access, but will require traffic accessing the laneway to do so by travelling north on Albert. The attached diagram illustrates the temporary traffic detour that will be in place.

During the lane closure, the daycare drop-off / pick up area on Albert Street will still be accessible (except for Monday, November 16th as outlined). Cars will be able to enter while travelling northbound on Albert, and must then back-out and continue northbound, as the southbound lane will be closed and barricaded off.  Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist and ensure safe entry and exit from the daycare access.

Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert St. will also commence during this period and it will remain closed for the duration of construction.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Modified traffic pattern Wednesday November 11th to Friday November 20th

 

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 9Construction fence replacementNo anticipated impacts
Week of Nov 9Utility Pole/power installationGeneral installation noise
Week of Nov 9Bulk excavation of rock and soilJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 9Underground construction for servicesExcavation, pipe bedding, re-covering
Nov 11– Nov 20Road closure/road cuts Albert Street and southbound lane closureNov 16 temporary access restriction in AM (4 hours) to laneway
Nov 11-20 traffic pattern change
Week of Nov 16Concrete base installation for craneCement trucks, general noise
Week of Nov 16Installation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St.signage, traffic control, loading equipment and related noise

 

Update: November 2, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

There is a lot to update you on this week and a lot of activity has begun to happen on site.

Robert Polegato, whom many of you may recognize as our project manager, has retired. We are sorry to see Bob go, as he built several of the residences on campus and takes with him a wealth of experience. We thank him for all of his hard work getting the project to this point and we wish him every happiness in his retirement.

Since Bob’s departure, Queen’s has worked on securing a dedicated project team for the Albert Street Residence project.  We have been successful, and the team will be brought up to speed this week, and next week we will provide more information about this.

Our adjoining neighbours recently received a “pre-construction” survey letter. While the survey might normally involve an interior visit as well as exterior, this was not done given the current COVID-19 epidemic. The letter explained in detail why this was not being done, and what steps owners could take to create photographic or other records to help document their interior prior to construction, should they later discover any damage they might attribute to construction. The survey company has already reached out to any homeowners where the surveyor felt attaching sensors to a home exterior would be prudent.

The next few weeks will see more activity on site, and with it more noise. Bulk excavation is anticipated to start this week as the contractor begins to remove soil and possibly some rock, and this work is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the use of mechanical rock removal will begin which can include the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Part of this work is to build a base for a construction crane on site in the next few weeks. Work will take place between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Utilities Kingston will be installing a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street near Union Street to re-route power during construction. Homeowners can expect to receive a notice concerning the underground construction in the mail. Tree removal will also continue, with chainsaw noise and stump grinding taking place.

Albert Street will also see more digging as work to upgrade utilities including electrical and communication wiring, as well as a water main. Some of this work may impact local resident access to drop-off for the Queen’s Daycare; where this occurs the University will provide an alternate drop off location so parents can still drop their kids off at the daycare safely.  Once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict parking in front of the worksite.  

We will post a graphic to the residence project webpage later this week to help residents understand where the aforementioned work will take place, as well as the traffic pattern that will be followed by trucks entering or exiting the site as part of the excavation.

Short delays for motorists may be unavoidable during some of this work, however the university will continue to ensure there is safe access to the parking areas served by the existing laneway.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 2Locating and marking of services on siteNo impacts
Week of Nov 2Tree removalChainsaw and stump grinder noise
Week of Nov 2Utility Pole/power installationGeneral installation noise
Week of Nov 2Bulk excavation of rockJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 9Underground construction for servicesExcavation, pipe bedding, re-covering
Week of Nov 16Concrete base installation for craneCement trucks, general noise
Late NovemberInstallation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St.signage, traffic control, loading equipment and related noise
Update: October 23, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

The week of October 26 will see the continuation of construction trailer arrivals and the establishment of a site compound in Tindall parking lot. As a reminder, parking will be restricted on the west side of Albert, in front of the worksite, throughout the duration of the project. Some additional fencing enhancements are being made and activities such as surveying and location of services will also continue. None of these activities are expected to interfere with laneway access.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Week of Oct 26Site compound setup in the South West area of the Tindall surface parking lotContractor site trailers arriving, set up
Week of Oct 26Installation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St. This will remove parking along Albert Street in front of the project site for the extent of projectsignage, traffic control, loading equipment and related mechanical equipment noise when barriers are placed
Week of Oct 26Site surveying to confirm reference pointsNo impacts
Week of Oct 26Locating and marking of services on siteNo impacts
Week of Oct 26Enhancements to site fencingNo impacts to laneway access
Week of Oct 26Phase 3 of tree removalChainsaw noise and disposal activities

Update: October 19, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

The construction phase is now set to begin. This week will see the arrival of construction trailers and the establishment of a site compound in Tindall parking lot. Parking will be restricted on the west side of Albert, in front of the worksite, throughout the duration of the project. Some additional fencing enhancements are being made and activities such as surveying and location of services will be done. None of these activities are expected to interfere with laneway access.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Oct 19Site compound setup in the South West area of the Tindall surface parking lotContractor site trailers arriving, set up
Week of Oct 19Installation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St. This will remove parking along Albert Street in front of the project site for the extent of projectsignage, traffic control, loading equipment and related mechanical equipment noise when barriers are placed
Week of Oct 19Site surveying to confirm reference pointsNo impacts
Week of Oct 19Locating and marking of services on siteNo impacts
Week of Oct 19Enhancements to site fencing (increasing height 2’)No impacts to laneway access
Week of Oct 19 (pending)Phase 3 of tree removalWhen this proceeds, chainsaw noise and disposal activities

Update: October 2, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors (this was the case this past week as we experienced a weather delay).

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
October 5 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
October 5
(week of)
Install protective fencing and dust protection around daycareHammering noise from carpentry
Update: September 25, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Phase 1 of the project is now winding down and we are preparing for Phase 2 to begin in early October.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
September 28 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
September 28 (week of)Restore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
September 30Install protective fencing and dust protection around daycareHammering noise from carpentry
Update: August 14, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. No significant changes from last week. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Phase 1 of the project is now winding down and we are preparing for Phase 2 to begin in early September.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
August 17-21Miscellaneous demolition and cleanupWaste disposal
August 17 (week of)Fire hydrant installationAll work within the construction site, no impacts to access.
August 17 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control


Update: August 7, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Phase 1 of the project is now winding down and we are preparing for Phase 2 to begin in early September.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
August 10-11Final site cleanup and demobilizing demolition and abatementWaste disposal
August 17 (week of)Fire hydrant installationAll work within the construction site, no impacts to access.
August 17 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: July 31, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

As we head into the long weekend, please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The anticipated dates are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

We want to thank everyone accessing the parking area for their patience and understanding as we recently worked through some unanticipated short-term adjustments on site to facilitate some demolition work, and we appreciated your cooperation in making that process go smoothly. We are now in the process of completing some site cleanup.

We recognize the schedule for the fire hydrant work has been subject to frequent changes. We will soon have a definitive date and we will communicate that date as soon as possible. We apologize for any frustration this issue has caused. The site safety fence should be completed in the next week. 

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: July 31st

Construction Forecast
Anticipated dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
August 3 – 7Site cleanup, following demolitionsWaste disposal
August 4 – 5Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
TBDFire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
TBDAlbert Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: July 27, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The anticipated dates are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Current Activities

·        Demolition of 148, 152 and 154 Albert Street are complete.

  • Site clean-up will continue, with completion of the site fencing anticipated July 30 and 31.

Work affecting Albert Street

·         Work on the fire hydrant that was scheduled for  July 22 – July 24 will be rescheduled for a later date.

Work affecting the laneway

  • Minimal impact while safety fencing is completed.

 

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast         
Anticipated dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors         
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
July 27-31Site cleanupWaste disposal
July 30-31Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
TBDFire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
TBDAlbert Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
   
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control

 

 

Update: July 20, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

In our communication to you sent on July 17, we indicated that the demolition of 154 Albert St. would take place on Monday, July 20.  Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to undertake the demolition work on Monday.  We are now in a position to be able to underrate the demolition of 154 Albert St. this morning.

After consulting with our contractor and the Ministry of Labour, it has been determined that, for safety reasons, the demolition of 154 Albert Street will require a portion of the northern section of the laneway to be closed for a six hour period after the commencement of demolition.

During this time, access to the rear of 188 and 188 ½ Union St. will remain available via the regular Albert Street laneway entrance.

Access to all other properties on Union and Collingwood St. that use the laneway will be via a temporary laneway access point between the houses at 142 and 144 Albert Street. Please see the attached plan which illustrates the temporary access point and the area of the laneway that will be closed during this approximately 6-hour window.  Should anyone wish to park on the Tindal surface parking lot. Parking is currently free and no permit is required.

During that time there will be personnel and signage on site to help control traffic.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Current Activities

·        Demolition of 148 and 152 Albert Street are complete. 154 Albert St. will be demolished starting on Monday, July 20.

  • Site clean-up will continue and happen concurrently, with completion of the site fencing anticipated July 27-29.

Work affecting Albert Street

·         Work on the fire hydrant that was scheduled for  July 22 – July 24 will be rescheduled for a later date.

Work affecting the laneway (Access temporarily provided via an alternate route)

·        After consulting with our contractor, it has been determined that, for safety reasons, the demolition of 154 Albert Street will require a portion of the northern section of the laneway to be closed on Monday, July 20 between 8 am and 2 pm.

  • During this time, access to the rear of 188 and 188 ½ Union St. will remain available via the regular Albert Street laneway entrance.
  • Access to all other properties on Union and Collingwood St. that use the laneway will be via a temporary laneway access point between the houses at 142 and 144 Albert Street. Please see the attached plan which illustrates the temporary access point and the area of the laneway that will be closed during this approximately 6-hour window.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. Please contact us if you have any questions. The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

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Updated July 20th

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
July 20 – 22Demolition of 154 Albert StreetHeavy equipment use. Signage and traffic control. Alternate laneway access on July 20 for most properties.
July 20-24Site cleanupHammering and waste disposal
July 27-29Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
TBDFire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
TBDAlbert Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: July 10, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

Please find attached our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project.  

Current Activities

·         Demolition of 152 Albert Street will take place beginning July 13, after which 154 Albert will be demolished. Site cleanup will happen concurrently. The demolition of 148 Albert will follow on July 21-23.

·         Tree removal completion will be done July 22-23, which will clear the area for the building footprint.

Work affecting Albert Street

·         Work on the fire hydrant will now be done July 22 – July 24 (there were some administrative delays). This work will necessitate road cutting, excavation, backfilling, compaction and asphalt patching on Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place July 27, but should not impact residents.

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

·         (nothing anticipated in this period)

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Construction Impact Forecast ·        
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent and could be subject to change · 
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
July 13-17Demolition of 152 Albert Street followed by 154 Albert StreetHeavy equipment use. Signage and traffic control.
July 13-17Site cleanupHammering and waste disposal
July 21-23Demolition of 148 AlbertHeavy equipment use. Signage and traffic control.
July 22-23Tree removal completionChain saws in use. Chipper to dispose of debris.
July 22-24Fire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
July 27Alberta Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
July 27Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
July 28Restore asphalt on Alberta StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: June 26, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

Please find attached our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project.

There were some additional date adjustments, but no significant changes to the work scheduled to take place. The capping of the municipal services is complete. The fire hydrant installation experienced some delays due to complications with the city water main.

Current Activities

  • Work continues on interior demolition work of the houses at the south end of the site and is expected to be finished July 3.
  • Removal of four trees between houses at 142-144 Albert will now take place July 2 – July 8.
    The removal of these trees is part of the project, however, removing them now also facilitates another access point into the work area. This work will not interfere with laneway access.
  • The demolition of 152 Albert Street will be done July 7 – July 10. Heavy equipment will be in use. Signage and traffic control will be in place. This will not impact the laneway.

Work affecting Albert Street

  • Work on the fire hydrant installation is slated to proceed July 6 – July 9. This work will necessitate road cutting, excavation, backfilling, compaction and asphalt patching on Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place July 10, but should not impact residents.

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

  • The installation of our site safety fencing is scheduled to be done Jun 25 – July 10 and will involve the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building will be built to LEED Gold standards, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: June 19, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

Please find attached our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. 

There were a few small date adjustments, but no significant changes to the work scheduled to take place.

Yesterday evening, Queen’s site plan control application was endorsed by the City of Kingston’s Planning Committee and referred back to city staff for finalization.

Current Activities

  • Work continues on interior demolition work of the houses at the north end of the site and is expected to be finished June 25. 
  • Removal of four trees between houses at 142-144 Albert will now take place June 24-26. 
    The removal of these trees is part of the project, however, removing them now also facilitates another access point into the work area. This work will not interfere with laneway access.
  • The demolition of 152 Albert Street will be done June 29 – July 3. Heavy equipment will be in use. Signage and traffic control will be in place. This will not impact the laneway.

Work affecting Albert Street 

  • Work on the fire hydrant installation is slated to proceed June 22-26. This work will necessitate road cutting and excavation, and backfilling, compaction and patching on Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place June 29, but should not impact residents.
  • Capping of site services (utilities) will now be done June 24 – Jul 3. This work will necessitate road cutting and excavation, and backfilling, compaction and patching at five spots along Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. 

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

  • The installation of our site safety fencing is on schedule to be done Jun 22 – 24 and will involve the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed. 
  • The installation of our site safety fencing is scheduled from Jun 22 – 24 and will require the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed. 

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. 

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building will be built to LEED Gold standards, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: June 12, 2020

Queen’s will now appear before the City of Kingston’s Planning Committee to review our Site Plan Control application on Thursday, June 18, 2020. We were originally scheduled to appear on May 28, but requested our appearance be deferred to a later date so that the university could have time to review and respond to comments by neighbours that were submitted to the Committee just prior to the meeting.

Activities

  • Work is now underway on interior demolition and abatement at 148, 152 and 154 Albert Street. That work is expected to be completed this week. There is also some interior demolition work at 144 Albert that is ongoing through to June 19.
  • On Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday June 11, we will be removing four trees between houses at 142-144 Albert. The removal of these trees is part of the project, however, removing them now also facilitates another access point into the work area. All permits for these removals are in place. A chipper will be on site on Albert Street during this work. It will not interfere with laneway access.

Work affecting Albert Street

  • Work on the fire hydrant installation and capping of other services has shifted slightly. Work on both elements will happen concurrently June 15-22. This work will necessitate road cutting and excavation, and backfilling, compaction and patching at six spots along Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place June 22, but should not impact residents.

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

  • The installation of our site safety fencing is now scheduled from Jun 22 – 24 and will require the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed.
  • The work on communication wiring under the laneway has been shifted to June 22-26 (originally scheduled for the 16th). This will necessitate digging up that wiring underneath the laneway at the Albert Street entrance. The laneway will remain open but passage restricted to single lane traffic while the excavation is taking place. The lane will be fully accessible after working hours. Traffic control and signage will be in place.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway.

It is our intention that this work be as unobtrusive as possible, however drivers may want to allow some extra time through this period. The University remains committed to maintaining users’ access to the laneway throughout the project. As stated last week, we do not foresee any significant access restrictions until late 2021 or early 2022, when we anticipate improvements to the laneway and draining. During any disruption of access, Queen’s will provide laneway users with alternate parking on our Tindall parking lot.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building will be built to LEED Gold standards, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: May 25, 2020

Police Training on site

Kingston Police will be conducting training exercises throughout the day Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 utilizing the empty houses at 148, 152, and 154 Albert Street. Neighbours may notice noise and a police presence. There is no cause for alarm or concern. Access to the laneway will not be impeded. Police have communicated this on social media.

Update: May 13, 2020

Update provided on Albert Street new residence project

Preparatory work for the residence project begins this week. During this time, you can expect to see workers and waste bins present on site. Further details can be found published online.

Contact

If you have questions or comments please contact the team at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca


Frequently asked questions

How and why did you choose the West side of Albert Street as the location for the new residence building?

With few vacant parcels remaining on Main Campus, there are limited major development opportunities.  Therefore, new facilities and uses must be of the highest and best use for their location in order to meet immediate needs while ensuring flexibility for the future.  The Queen’s Campus Master Plan greatly informed the process of determining the most appropriate location for a new student residence.

The Campus Master Plan was completed in the spring of 2014 after a 15-month study period. The vision and recommendations contained in the plan are meant to ensure that the University physically evolves in response to contemporary learning, research, and social needs and that its campus continues to be an exceptional place for students, faculty, staff and Kingston neighbours. As part of the master plan process, a comprehensive consultation program was undertaken that included community events and multiple opportunities for dialogue online, to ensure the Plan was developed in a collaborative manner.

A key consideration for identifying a potential location for the new residence included an appreciation for the historical significance of existing buildings on campus.  As part of the master planning process, buildings were assessed for their historic significance in order to fully understand the highest development potential on campus. 

Buildings identified in blue in Figure 2-3 of the Master Plan have significant heritage value and are required to be protected and incorporated into the new development.  Buildings in purple indicate sites that may be considered for redevelopment but will require special design attention regarding compatibility with adjacent historic neighbourhoods. 

Figure 2-3: Historic Significance (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).

Chapter 4 of the Campus Master Plan acknowledges that Queen’s is an urban University centrally located in Kingston.  In addition, as a University with two campuses, the neighbourhoods between these campuses become a daily part of the Queen’s experience.  There is a need to think holistically about the relationship between campuses and the neighbourhoods surrounding them and how campus-wide systems can be co-ordinated to better integrate the campuses.  In particular, campus residences are to be focused to areas with an existing concentration of residence buildings and University-owned lands bordering residential communities. 

Figure 4-4 in the Campus Master Plan identifies different places on and near the campuses that are considered appropriate for different types of housing.  As seen in the figure below, the west side of Albert Street is included within this area, while the Tindall parking lot is excluded from the area intended to accommodate student housing uses. 

Figure 4-4: Campus Housing (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014)
Figure 4-4: Campus Housing (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).

This direction is reinforced in the Precinct Plan applicable to this site.  The Precinct Plans are an important tool for implementing the Campus Master Plan.  They consolidate the opportunities and requirements for campus evolution for each renewal and development site on a place-by-place basis.  The proposed residence site is located within Main Campus Precinct 2 – Tindall Precinct and is identified as Development Parcel 2A.  Development Parcel 2A contemplates the demolition of the existing five buildings and construction of a new structure with a central courtyard.  Permitted uses within 2A include academic, administrative and student residence uses.  The Tindall parking lot on the east side of Albert Street is identified as Development Parcel 2B.  Permitted uses include academic uses, a welcome centre, below-grade parking and athletic and related facilities.  A student residence is not envisioned on Development Parcel 2B.

Figure 9-10: Main Campus Precinct 2 (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).
Figure 9-10: Main Campus Precinct 2 (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).

As noted previously, the preparation of the Master Plan involved a comprehensive consultation program to ensure the Plan and its recommendations were developed collaboratively.  The consultation program consisted of numerous in-person and online engagement opportunities.  The in-person consultation program included three open houses, a public lecture, a series of stakeholder interviews, and a visioning workshop with invited Queen’s and City of Kingston representatives.  The online engagement program provided an additional forum for community input.  The University hosted a central website with access to study information and materials, while the Consultant Team managed a blog, a Twitter account and a Facebook page to share information, gather input, and host an ongoing dialogue about the physical campus and Queen’s life. 

It is intended that the University will continue its pattern of comprehensively reviewing and updating the Plan on a 10-year cycle.  As part of a future update, Queen’s will introduce the recently acquired St. Mary’s of the Lake property to the master plan and will undertake a comprehensive visioning and consultation program (which will again include area residents), to inform the future use of this site.  In the meantime, the immediate need to construct a student residence can be appropriately accommodated on Albert Street in the proximity of existing food and student life services.

This direction is also found within the Kingston Official Plan, which contains specific policies for Queen’s University.  Section 3.5.A.1 recognizes five existing principal areas of facilities belonging to Queen’s University and directs that the development of these five areas occur through a master planning process.  In this context, it would be premature to advance any major development or re-development of the St. Mary’s of the Lake property until such time as it is examined through a master planning exercise in consultation with the community.

Can you explain the municipal planning approval process?

The Albert Street site is designated Institutional in the City of Kingston Official Plan and is zoned Special Education and Medical Uses “E”.  The proposed student residence use is permitted within these designation and zone categories.  The building is being designed to meet the performance standards of the “E” zone (i.e. setbacks, density, etc.).

The residence will be subject to the Site Plan Control process.  Site Plan Control approval is a technical exercise which ensures the detailed design of the development is appropriate in terms of servicing, access, landscaping and overall quality and appearance.  Detailed plans will be required to be submitted, reviewed and approved by City staff prior to the issuance of building permits.

How will the new residence building be integrated into the surrounding homes to keep the original look and feel of Albert Street?

Queen’s historic buildings and signature green spaces are a fundamental part of the campus experience.  We appreciate that the proposed residence will introduce a new form and architecture to the Albert Street streetscape.  As such, the project team has drawn from the Campus Master Plan for guidance to ensure that the new residence supports the architectural tradition of the campus while incorporating contemporary building techniques and sustainable practices.  Some of the key design objectives, as informed by the Master Plan, include:

  • Placing and massing the building in a way that will frame and animate the street;
  • Achieving setbacks that are consistent with those of neighbouring buildings;
  • Providing visual interest and breaks in the building massing to reduce the perceived size; 
  • Respecting the low-rise and mid-rise scale and general character of development on the campus;
  • Use of materials that are subdued or complementary to the existing structure; and,
  • The use of glazing that is of high performance and without tinting, particularly when enclosing public spaces.

There are several benefits associated with the existing private lane that services this site.  It presents an opportunity to focus servicing activities, such as pick-ups and deliveries and garbage collection, in a service corridor that currently supports access and parking for a number of properties in the area.  Currently, the service entrance is proposed at the rear of the building which will help ensure loading activities and garbage collection are consolidated and screened from view.

It should be noted that as part of the Site Plan Control application, a Detailed Noise Study will be required which will examine potential noise impacts of the development on nearby sensitive uses.  This study will model noise impacts from components such as delivery movements and exterior mechanical equipment and recommend mitigation measures, if required.

The proposed residence will not include vehicular parking, so there are no anticipated traffic impacts associated with the development.  Foot traffic is expected to increase throughout the day as students enter and exit the residence for classes, meals and other activities.

We acknowledge that the new residence will increase student activities along this portion of Albert Street.  The current design focusses exterior amenity space within an enclosed courtyard, which will help to contain potential noise associated with student activities.  Exterior lighting will be located and designed to minimize spillover on adjacent properties.  As part of the Site Plan Control application, a Lighting Plan will be prepared and submitted which will illustrate the location of exterior lighting and the expected light spread pattern.     

Can you address the concerns regarding potential geophysical impacts of the development on surrounding properties?

Queen’s has undertaken a geotechnical investigation, prepared by a qualified geotechnical engineer.  This investigation did not find any evidence of subsurface streams, consequently, we feel confident that the pooling of water is due to surface runoff. A stormwater management report is being prepared to identify all potential drainage-related impacts related to the residence and will assess the quantity and/or quality control of stormwater runoff.  The project is also expected to result in improvements to existing drainage on the private lane through the introduction of improved grading patterns and catch basins. In accordance with City of Kingston policy, post-development runoff cannot exceed pre-development runoff. 

Can you address some of the ecological impacts regarding bird breeding and migration?

This site is located within the urban built-up area and is occupied by long-established development.  While mature trees exist, the undeveloped portions of the site are not in a naturalized state.  A major objective of the redevelopment includes maintaining as many of the existing mature street trees as possible, as they contribute to both the cultural heritage and streetscape value of Albert Street.  

Is Queen’s planning to build more residences?

The Campus Master Plan identifies areas for potential future residence development. The CMP is a long-term planning document, last updated in 2014, which is intended to make sure development is planned with input from the community and done in a thoughtful way and to minimize impacts to nearby residents. We anticipate that document will be reviewed within five years, and will again involve community consultation.

Is Queen’s planning a large expansion of student enrolment?

A new residence is required to accommodate modest planned enrolment growth, provide some upper year bed spaces and some swing space to address larger deferred maintenance projects within existing buildings. Enrolment targets are approved by Senate and enrolment planning is overseen by the university’s Strategic Enrolment Management Group (SEMG), whose mandate and membership is described here.  All enrolment plans are taken through the Senate approval process annually.  Building a new residence supports the university’s approach to enrolment growth, by ensuring there is a place for every first year student to live in residence.

What measures are in place to mitigate the impact on the surrounding area from students living in the new Residence?

It’s important that students understand their role as both Queen’s students and Kingston residents, when they first arrive in Kingston.  We communicate with residents and their families about this prior to arrival and Residence staff speak to first-year students beginning on move in day about respect for others and the impact their choices and behaviours have on their neighbours, both within residence buildings and the surrounding community.  Common spaces are available throughout our buildings where students can study, gather and socialize within their floor communities.  An upper year student, called a Don, lives on each Residence floor and is responsible for managing the community and addressing inappropriate activity.  Students living in residence are held accountable through the Queen’s Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Community Standards.